La Mannella Brunello di Montalcino Il Poggiarelli 2013
Vibrant and well-built, this wine has power to match the cherry, leather, mineral and earth aromas and flavors. As it is still very young, there are some tight tannins on the long and spicy finish that will mellow with a few years’ aging.
The grapes for this wine come from the heart of Montalcino, from a single vineyard of family-owned vines situated on the southeast side of the city. The soil is sandy and rocky, with excellent exposure to the sun. The vineyard trellis system is spurred cordon, with the winemaking following tradition for making superior Brunello. After careful selection of the handpicked grapes, fermentation takes place with maceration for 25 days in Slovenian oak vats. The wine then spends 12 months in 5 hectoliters French oak tonneaux, and then is transferred to large Slovenian oak casks for 24 months further ageing.
This wine is a perfect accompaniment for red meats and various Italian cheeses.
2011: 93 Pts - Vinous, Feb. 2016
2011: 91 Pts - Wine Spectator, June 2016
2010: 95 Pts - James Suckling, Jan. 2015
2010: 94 Pts - Vinous, Feb 2016
2010: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, June 2015
2010: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb. 2015
2009: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate #211, Feb. 2014